Originally Posted by Originally posted by Dookey
...waffling about scoring a pair as an intro to AT set-up.
Unless you really liked the feel of them when you tried them, Dukes might not be the best option as an "intro to AT" binding.
IMO (which of course is worth as much as you're paying for it
), is that people who are new to AT/BC (heh) skiing need to ask themselves...Why am I venturing into the BC?
Is it to score some low angle pow? Is it to ski steep, gnarly lines where if you pre-release or if the binding goes into walk-mode by itself you're screwed? Is it just to get away from the crowds in the spring and harvest some corn? Is it to slog up to some BC launchpad where the cliffs have fresh landings and are not bombed all bombed out the morning after a storm?
If it's more along the lines of just to ski pow, harvest corn, and not put yourself in aggro situations.......then tried-and-true options that have an easier ski / walk mode interface, are lighter, and have more options for climbing bail height when skinning up steeper pitches might make your introductory experiences in the BC more enjoyable.
Unless you're using exclusively using lifts or sleds to access the goods, BC skiing can be a LOT of work. Way way way way more uphill work than down. Hell, sometimes, you just wander around trying to find your line and never get any real down at all. (*cough* not that I've ever been in that situation *cough*)
So a binding that places more emphasis on the UP side of the BC skiing equation shouldn't be overlooked.
Another more blunt way I've heard it put is.... Do you feel the need to ski a race stock binding with high DIN at the resort? If yes, then the Duke might be for you. And if not, then the Duke might not be for you.
Of course, these points might be moot if you just really dig the feel of the Duke when you skied it, but again, BC skiing is not all about the down amd there are definitely lots of other worthy options out there as an "intro to AT" setup.